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post #1 of 5 Old 10-29-2013, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Horse never picks up wrong lead?

Ok, we are baffled. I'm sure some of you may have a read my other threads regarding this horse, but he is a special case. We have been working on his canter, and actually cantering, not galloping off into the wild blue yonder. The thing is, he has NEVER picked up the wrong lead, and does flying lead changes without being asked when doing figure eights. He is unbalanced at the canter, although it is improving, and I know for a fact that he has not been previously trained to do flying lead changes. Anyone encountered this odd situation before?! And it scared the bejesus out of me the first time he did it, because he did it before I even had a chance to ask. He doesn't stumble or falter, just this perfect little lead change, never misses a single footfall. Is this unusual, or is it just something we have not yet had experience with?

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-29-2013, 03:55 PM
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Hehe, lucky. Or maybe not. Counter-cantering may be an issue for you then.

My horse, Faith, had a hard time picking up the left lead. The more we did it the better she got and now she picks it up automatically without me having to correct her. The only thing is that now that she knows she needs to pick up the left lead, going left, its hard for her to counter-canter. When I do pick up a counter canter she likes to drop back down to a jog and pick up the correct lead, very fast too.

So I would say you got lucky with your horse not picking up the wrong lead. Some horses it just feels uncomfortable to be in that position so the best solution would be to switch leads. Its like that with horses who have trouble picking up a certain lead, they always revert back to what feels better.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-29-2013, 04:05 PM
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Some horses are just natural with their leads and lead changes. I know two such horses.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-29-2013, 04:08 PM
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Some horses are natural.

I bought a 5-yr-old horse that was unstarted. Within 30 days I was neck reining, doing flying lead changes, loping the barrels, and so much more. That horse was amazing. I bought her with the intention to train and sell (obviously REALLY paid off) but I'd always wished I had kept her. So talented.

My mom is borrowing my cousin's horse. Never been taught flying lead changes. Within weeks, my mom taught him to do beautiful effortless changes just by neck reining. Natural.

Now my horse ..... heaven forbid if I'll EVER get him to do a cue flying lead change, LOL.

Some are just natural.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-29-2013, 06:30 PM
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If a horse is bent correctly, then they will pick up the correct lead. Some horses get stuck or one side is WAY stronger than the other so they come in crooked and therefore are inclined to cross fire or do the wrong lead.

Nothing to be freaked out about...

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